Category: Writing
How A Salesman Can Help You Pitch…

So in a couple of weeks I’m returning to Raindance to run my one day seminar on Writing for Graphic Novels and Screenplays, and part of my seminar is about networking, and more importantly what not to do. They’re rules I’ve used all my career, and now I’m moving into film and TV, I’m finding that they’re even more vital for a screenwriter. [&hellip

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Vladimir Tod Returns…

A few years ago, I adapted the Heather Brewer Vladimir Tod books into Graphic Novels for Penguin Teen, and then, as is the way with writers, I sat back and waited for a while. Years, in fact, as I realised this week that I started the first adaptation, Eighth Grade Bites, exactly three years ago this month. That came out [&hellip

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Messenger: The Legend Continues…

So a few years ago, Sam Hart and I wrote a book for Walker Books called Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, a retelling of the classic tale for a modern audience. A couple of years later we were asked to write another, this time about King Arthur, and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur came out. After that, we [&hellip

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The Jigsaw Lady Comes…

As many of you know, for the last few years I’ve been doing a lot of work with reluctant readers in schools around the world, and it’s become quite a passion of mine. Which was why I was honoured and overjoyed  last year when Danny Pearson of Badger Learning, a division of the Haven Book Group asked me if I’d [&hellip

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Vampires vs People of ‘Faith’…

So today I was at a school in Hertfordshire and, with a Year 9 class of children, we did a workshop on normal characters in fantastical situations, allowing the students to make the decisions based on what they’d *really* do in a particular setting. The setting in this case was Vampires attacking their school, with the class the only people [&hellip

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The Bottled Water Tour…

So a couple of weeks ago I was in Los Angeles for an entire week, partly due to the fact that I was a guest at the Gallifrey One convention (from Thursday night to Sunday evening) but also for a variety of meetings, catch ups and get togethers across Los Angeles on the Monday night to the Thursday evening. This [&hellip

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Syd Field: 1935 – 2013…

I’m sitting here trying to put words to screen, as I’ve just heard that Syd Field passed away today at the age  of 77. For those who don’t know the name, Syd Field is recognised internationally as one of Hollywood’s greatest ’script gurus’. He’s the ‘expert’ that the Final Draft DVD aims you at when you need help. He’s written several books on the [&hellip

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